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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Jun 17, 2011 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What are Furthur's best songs?

I've seen Furthur about 8 or 9 times and have listened to a lot more and I'd say that on any given night they can really nail just about any song they play... That being said some songs have a bit more consistency. A few that I think they really play well just about everytime are:

Jack Straw, China>Rider, New Speedway, Morning Dew, Unbroken Chain (best jamming they do often times), Terrapin Suite, Ruben and Cherise, Mountain Song, Casey Jones, Cassidy, Shakedown and Viola Lee.

I don't know if there's anything that really falls flat on a consistent basis... I don't really care for any of the Jerry ballads that Bob sings (Standing on the Moon and Black Peter come to mind...) and some of the Ryan Adams songs pretty forgettable(except for Nobody Girl, which is awesome).
Overall their best shows are the ones where they keep the energy up, I think the spacier, jammier numbers are a little more hit and miss.

All this said, go with an open mind and have fun, and if you're gonna root for one thing then root for the drums to be up in the mix because Joe Russo absolutely kills it!

A couple shows to whet your appetite:
With Larry Campbell, Theresa Williams, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Highlights: Chest Fever, Ship of Fools/IMHBTR medley, Uncle John's (with fiddle) Unbroken Chain and Dew
Highlights: Black Throated, Sugaree, Bertha, Mountain Song, Scarlet Fire

This post was modified by Phlesh Wound on 2011-06-17 16:10:32